The English Landscape Painter, John Constable
It is without a doubt John Constable was one of the leading landscape painters of his time.
Fig. 1 The Cornfield, John Constable 1826
Constable's most famous paintings include Wivenhoe Park, Dedham Vale and The Hay Wain. One of his famous painting, "The Cornfield" painted in 1826, captures the peaceful and idyllic scene of his hometown, Suffolk. This path that Constable painted was an actual place, called Fen lane that he used to walk along on his way to
The term "skying" is used by John Constable to describe his extensive studies of clouds and skies in the English rural landscape. John Constable’s depictions of clouds, sky and light are particularly stunning and show his
Although Constable's paintings have risen to a very high status as of today, he was never financially successful or considered on par with his counterpart, Turner during his time. Yet his legacy continues and has been a major influence on the development of the English landscape tradition. His paintings celebrated the beauty of the English countryside and served as a reminder of the importance of nature in our lives. He also inspired a generation of painters, who sought to capture the beauty of the outdoors in their paintings. John Constable's influence can still be seen today in the works of many landscape painters.
Keen to find out more on how John Constable paints?
At LACA, one of our main highlights of our oil painting program the imitation of masterpieces. Our instructor will bring students through a step-by-step process on how Constable paints and his choice of colour palette.
For more information, you can head on to the link below to find out more:
The National Gallery. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/john-constable-the-cornfield
Vaughan, W. (03 May 2016). Tate British Artists: John Constable. London, United Kingdom: Tate Publishing.